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Get started with the Scene Viewer lesson

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  3d gis arcgis online bathymetry learn arcgis ocean

In November,  we added an exciting new lesson for the scene viewer that will take you to the coastline of Palm Beach County, Florida. You will travel under the ocean’s surface and interact with coastal protection features currently in place … Continue reading


His Favourite Map: Natural Heritage of Texas

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  mapping the personal texas wildlife

James Harkins of the Texas General Land Office shares his favourite map: the 1986 Natural Heritage of Texas map, which featured endangered and vulnerable Texas wildlife. I was three years old when this map was released. When I was at Moore Elementary (home of the fighting Armadillos!) in the late 1980s, and early 1990s, I specifically … Continue reading "His Favourite Map: Natural Heritage of Texas"


Observatory Books Closes

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  alaska industry map collecting map stores

Observatory Books of Juneau, Alaska has closed its doors, owing to the illness of its longtime proprietor, the 82-year-old Dee Longenbaugh. (Here’s a profile from 2014.) Observatory Books dealt in antique and rare books and maps; its website includes a primer on map collecting for beginners. [Tony Campbell]


An Economic Geography of the United States

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  geography usa

In a paper published in PLOS One, Garrett Dash Nelson and Alasdair Rae explore whether megaregions—i.e., a region centred on a major metropolitan area—can be determined algorithmically, using commuter flow data. In the end they conclude that “any division of space into unit areas will have to take into account a ‘common sense’ interpretation of the validity … Continue reading "An Economic Geography of the United States"


Why don’t we start using a more accurate world map rather than the conventional Mercator map?

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  cartography guest post map projections maps mercator

Why don’t we start using a more accurate world map rather than the conventional Mercator map?  No 2D map can accurately show the 3D Earth. A map that is accurate in one respect is necessarily inaccurate in a different respect. But that doesn’t mean all 2D maps are created equal. What are the problems with […]

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The GeoGeek’s Guide to Planet’s Satellite Imagery

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Safe Software Blog under tags  about data data integration data transformation earth observation imagery

Small satellite technology is completely changing the world. Here’s what Planet is doing to revolutionize Earth Observation data, and how you can leverage satellite trends to get ahead in your industry. Satellites hit a turning point a few years back, when an upsurge in the number being built culminated in 94 launches over the span […]

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Programming in ArcGIS with Python – A Beginners Guide

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Geoawesomeness under tags  arcgis featured phyton programming

As a GIS analyst, you can raise your market value by learning to program. This is easier said than done: the possibilities can be overwhelming, especially if you don´t know where to begin. That´s why I put together this guide to get you started with Python programming for GIS. GIS programming in my opinion starts […]

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Getting localized voice guidance in Navigator for ArcGIS on Android

Dec 06 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at ArcGIS Blog under tags  android apps localization navigator navigator for arcgis

Navigator for ArcGIS on the Android platform currently supports 19 languages. However, you might not automatically receive complete voice-guided directions in your native language on Android devices. Fortunately, you can configure your device to fix this. This blog describes how to … Continue reading


Austrian Presidential Election Cartograms

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at The Map Room under tags  austria cartograms elections politics

The second round re-vote of the Austrian presidential election took place yesterday. (The first round took place on 24 April; a repeat of the second round, narrowly won by Alexander Van der Bellen on 22 May, was ordered by the Constitutional Court.) Full, final results are not yet available, but austromorph.space has created the above cartogram of … Continue reading "Austrian Presidential Election Cartograms"


Let your loved ones know you’re safe with our new personal safety app

Dec 05 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps safety & security

Whether it’s hiking alone or walking down a street after dark — sometimes you want to know someone's got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, today we're launching Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise — even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it. 

Here’s how it works: Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status — whether you’ve moved around recently and are online — to quickly know if you're OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

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Here’s a little more detail on how Trusted Contacts might work, starring Elliot and Thelma:

Elliot & Thelma

Get help even if your phone’s offline

Elliot heads out for a hike on his own, telling Thelma he’ll meet her for coffee later. About an hour in, Elliot realizes he’s strayed off the path and lost service. When Elliot doesn’t show up at the coffee shop, Thelma starts to worry. Because Trusted Contacts works even if a phone is offline, Thelma requests Elliot’s location and in five minutes can see that his last known location was in the middle of the canyon. Thelma calls the nearest ranger station, they send out a rescue party, and find Elliot in a few hours.

Requesting Location

Invite a trusted friend to virtually walk you home if you feel unsafe

Elliot stayed at the office later than normal and notices it’s awfully dark out. He opens Trusted Contacts and shares his location with Thelma. Now Thelma can walk him home — virtually. When Elliot gets home, he simply taps the banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stops sharing his location.


Sharing Location

Whether you just need a little reassurance or you’re actually in an emergency, Trusted Contacts helps connect you with the people you care about most — at the times you need them most. Download Trusted Contacts today from the Play Store and visit the help center for more info. If you're an iOS user, click here to get notified when the iOS app is available